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Podcast #753: New TV Shows for Fall 2016

Christmas. the Super Bowl, Fashion Week in New York, Taco Tuesday … Few things in life are as highly anticipated as television premier season every Fall. There isn’t much we look forward to more. All of your favorite shows coming back for another season, and a ton of new shows to potentially add to the DVR queue. Who knows, one of them could be the next Grey’s Anatomy or Ally McBeal, some of our favorite shows of all time.

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New TV Shows for Fall 2016

Christmas. the Super Bowl, Fashion Week in New York, Taco Tuesday … Few things in life are as highly anticipated as television premier season every Fall. There isn’t much we look forward to more. All of your favorite shows coming back for another season, and a ton of new shows to potentially add to the DVR queue. Who knows, one of them could be the next Grey’s Anatomy or Ally McBeal, some of our favorite shows of all time. If you’re interested, Cinema Blend has a great post with all the Fall TV Premiere Dates by date, time, and Network.


American Housewife

  • Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM
  • Stars: Katie Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Ali Wong Producer: Sarah Dunn
  • Premise: Mixon stars as Katie Otto, an unapologetic mother of three raising her family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut that's full of "perfect" families.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Meh



  • Premieres: Monday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 PM
  • Stars: Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Daniel DiTomasso
  • Premise: Former ne'er-do-well first daughter Hayes Morrison (Atwell) gets blackmailed into working for New York District Attorney Wayne Wallis' (Cahill) Conviction Integrity Unit, where she has to turn over wrongful convictions.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Meh

Designated Survivor

  • Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 21 at 10:00 PM
  • Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan
  • Producers: David Guggenheim, Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood
  • Premise: Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who becomes president after an attack on Washington kills everyone ahead of him in the line of succession.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Jack Bauer as President? Yeah, we’re in.


  • Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 22 at 9:00 PM
  • Stars: Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards, Aimee Teegarden
  • Premise: Inspired by the lives of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the drama examines the 24-hour news cycle and the relationship between the media and criminal law.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Mark Geragos the TV show? Pass.


  • Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 21 at 8:30 PM
  • Stars: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kennedy, Cedric Yarbrough
  • Premise: Driver stars as Maya DiMeo, a mother of three, one of whom is a special needs child.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Meh



  • Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 9:00 PM
  • Stars: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Chris Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner and Annabelle Attanasio
  • Producers: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank
  • Premise: NCIS alum Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Phil on the series, which will follow McGraw's early career as a trial consultant. McGraw will produce with his son Jay.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Sounds like loads of Bull

The Great Indoors

  • Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 PM
  • Stars: Joel McHale, Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding
  • Premise: An adventure reporter (McHale) must adapt to his new job managing millennials in the digital department of a magazine.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Joel McHale is super funny and millennials are easy to make fun of. If you need a new sitcom in your life, this could be worth a look.

Kevin Can Wait

  • Premieres: Monday, Sep. 19 at 8:30 PM
  • Stars: Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright
  • Premise: The King of Queens star returns to CBS, this time playing a retired cop who realizes that home life is tougher than anything he faced on the street.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Meh. Have you seen Mall Cop 2?


  • Premieres: Friday, Sep. 23 at 8:00 PM
  • Stars: Lucas Till, George Eads
  • Premise: Till plays the titular problem-solver in the reboot, which follows 20-something MacGyver as he starts a clandestine organization to prevent disasters from happening.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Uh, what’s next, an A-Team reboot?

Man With A Plan

  • Premieres: Monday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 PM
  • Stars: Matt LeBlanc, Jessica Chaffin, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Hala Finley, Matthew McCann
  • Premise: A contractor (LeBlanc) becomes a stay-at-home dad when his wife returns to work and discovers that his kids are the worst.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: meh

Pure Genius

  • Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10:00 PM
  • Stars: Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, Odette Annable
  • Premise: A Silicon Valley millionaire (Prew) taps a veteran surgeon with a controversial past (Mulroney) to head a hospital that will employ groundbreaking but potentially risky new procedures.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Doesn’t sound like it’ll last the season

Training Day

  • Premieres: Midseason
  • Stars: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz
  • Premise: Based on the 2001 movie starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, the reboot picks up 15 years later and revolves around a young idealistic LAPD police officer (Cornwell) who is partnered with a morally questionable detective (Paxton).
  • HT Guys Preview Score: No doubt. This is worth a look, but could go horribly wrong.


24: Legacy

  • Premieres: Mondays at 8/7c midseason
  • Stars: Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits
  • Producers: Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto, Evan Katz, Stephen Hopkins, Kiefer Sutherland
  • Premise: Former Army Ranger Eric Carter (Hawkins), the new Jack Bauer, turns to the CTU to try to stop a terrorist attack. The series will adopt the same real-time format as the original series, but will consist of only 12 episodes like 2014's event series 24: Live Another Day.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: You had me at 24.

The Exorcist

  • Premieres: Friday, Sep. 23 at 9:00 PM
  • Stars: Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Alan Ruck, Kurt Egyiawan
  • Premise: The horror remake follows two men who try to help the Rance family's case of demonic possession. Davis takes on the Ellen Burstyn role from the film as the family matriarch. Howey and Kasulka play the Rance daughters.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Would be surprised if it last the full season

Lethal Weapon

  • Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 21 at 8:00 PM
  • Stars: Damon Wayans, Sr., Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm, Keesha Sharp
  • Premise: A remake of the beloved film franchise, Wayans is your new Roger Murtaugh of the LAPD and Crawford is your new Martin Riggs, a former Navy SEAL who moves from Texas to L.A. after losing his wife and child.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Heck yeah! Definitely not too old for this $#!+ (show)


  • Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 22 at 9:00 PM
  • Stars: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Michael Beach, Bob Balaban, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo
  • Premise: Ginny Baker (Bunbury) defies the odds to become the first woman to play in the MLB when she joins the San Diego Padres as its pitcher.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: meh

Prison Break

  • Premieres: Tuesdays at 9/8c midseason
  • Stars: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, Amaury Nolasco, Mark Feuerstein
  • Premise: A reboot of the original show, the event series picks up after Michael’s (Miller) apparent death in the 2009 finale, when clues surface that Michael might actually be alive.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: If you were into Prison Break before, it’s worth a shot

Son of Zorn

  • Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 25 at 8:30 PM
  • Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton, Tim Meadows
  • Premise: The live-action/animated hybrid comedy features Sudeikis as the voice of the animated title character who returns to Earth for the first time in 10 years from the land of Zephyria and tries to reconnect with his human son Alan (Pemberton) and ex-wife Edie (Hines).
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Jason Sudeikis. Nuff said.


The Blacklist: Redemption

  • Premieres: Midseason
  • Stars: Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi, Tawny Cypress
  • Premise: This spin-off of The Blacklist will follow Tom Keen (Eggold) as he teams up with Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (Janssen), whom he discovered is his mother on the mothership. Scottie is the head of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary task force that handles cases the government won't touch.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Blacklist is solid. Could work.

Chicago Justice

  • Premieres: Sundays at 9/8c midseason
  • Stars: Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter, Ryan-James Hatanaka
  • Premise: The fourth series in Dick Wolf's lucrative Chicago franchise takes viewers inside the Windy City's State's Attorney's office. The series was introduced as a backdoor pilot in an episode of Chicago P.D. in May.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: If you’re into the Chicago franchise. Plus, Apollo Creed?


Emerald City

  • Premieres: Midseason
  • Stars: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Joely Richardson, Florence Kasumba
  • Premise: An dark, edgy reimagining of the Land of Oz book series, the fantasy series stars Arjona as Dorothy Gale and D’Onofrio plays The Wizard.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Maybe, if only to see how The Kingpin pulls off the role of The Wizard.

The Good Place

  • Premieres: Monday, Sep. 19 at 10:00 PM
  • Stars: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, D'Arcy Carden
  • Premise: When Eleanor (Bell) realizes that she's not a very good person, she gets a chance to start anew with the help of Michael (Danson) in the afterlife.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Ted Danson? A Cheers reboot maybe, otherwise: pass.


  • Premieres: Mondays at 10/9c midseason
  • Stars: Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Monique Gabriela Curnen, James Landry Hebert, Michael Irby, Brooklyn Sudano, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Simu Liu
  • Premise: A prequel to the movie franchise, Standen plays a young version of Liam Neeson's ass-kicking CIA agent Bryan Mills.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Young Liam Neeson? All in.


This Is Us

  • Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 10:00 PM
  • Stars: Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones
  • Premise: The ensemble dramedy follows a group of people who share the same birthday and whose lives intersect in various ways.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Meh


  • Premieres: Monday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 PM
  • Stars: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey, Claudia Doumit
  • Premise: A trio is tasked with traveling through time to catch a criminal who stole a time machine that could catastrophically alter history.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Perhaps. We’ll give it an episode or two.



  • Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9:00 PM
  • Stars: Peyton List, Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley, Daniel Bonjour
  • Premise: A remake of the 2000 film starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, the series will star List as a detective in 2016 who discovers she can speak via a ham radio to her estranged father, who died in 1996 and was also a detective. They team up to solve a cold case with a "butterfly effect" on the present day.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Maybe. It was a decent movie.

No Tomorrow

  • Premieres: Monday, Oct. 10 at 9:00 PM
  • Stars: Tori Anderson, Josh Sasse, Sarayu Blue, Amy Pietz, Jesse Rath, Jonathan Langdon
  • Premise: Based on a Brazilian format, the comedy focuses on procurement manager (Anderson) who falls for a man (Sasse) who lives every day like it's his last. Together, they try to fulfill every item on their bucket lists.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: Meh


Marvel's Luke Cage

  • Premieres: Friday, September 30 at 12:01 AM Pacific Time
  • Stars: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, and Sônia Braga
  • Premise: Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict who now fights crime. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.
  • HT Guys Preview Score: For sure.

A look back at the new TV shows for Fall 2015

How many survived? Of the shows we looked at for Fall premieres last year, not that many. This doesn’t include shows we didn’t talk about, or other late premiere shows like mid-season or summer replacement series.

ABC (3/6)

  • Blood & Oil - canceled
  • Dr. Ken - renewed
  • The Muppets - canceled
  • Quantico - renewed
  • Wicked City - canceled

CBS (3/5)

  • Angel From Hell - canceled
  • Code Black - renewed
  • Life in Pieces - renewed
  • Limitless - canceled
  • Supergirl - renewed

CW (1/1)

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - renewed

FOX (2/5)

  • Grandfathered - canceled
  • The Grinder - canceled
  • Minority Report - canceled
  • Rosewood - renewed
  • Scream Queens - renewed

NBC (2/6)

  • Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris - canceled
  • Blindspot - renewed
  • Chicago Med - renewed
  • Heroes Reborn - canceled
  • The Player - canceled
  • Truth Be Told - canceled

Research compiled with the help of TV Guide.


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Reader Comments (4)

Hey! "The Good Place" has Kristen "Veronica Mars" Bell, which is a reason I might give it a chance.
Cheryl Hines is quite funny, but the premise is the main reason I'm checking out "Son of Zorn". Could be a trainwreck though

August 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McCarty

Lethal Weapon 4 was the one with the comedian (Chris Rock) and Jet Li, one of the other great Chinese action stars. Looking at IMDB both came out within months of each other in 98.

Having recently binged on all the Lethal Weapons thanks to Netflix. Lethal Weapon 4 was the weakest in the series from my opinion. Chris Rock seems like an after thought for the most part and like every stand-up comedians first couple of movies a lot of material seems stolen from their stage show. I wonder if Chris was given more screen time as the people in charge of Lethal Weapon new of Rush Hour coming out.

August 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterScott

How could you miss out series 3 of Z Nation????

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPokey 800

And Ash vs Evil Dead series 2????

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPokey 800

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